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Has everyone/anyone taken a look at the NEW border deal between the U.S. and Canada?

If not, I strongly suggest looking closely at it. It is being touted as the biggest deal since NAFTA and it IS. It goes far beyond mere ease of travel, etc, that one might expect. Our privacy is being invaded so corporations can save 16 billion (and that's just Canada's number) at the cost to the tax payers of ONE BILLION (again, this is just the Canadian cost, I have not seen what the cost to US taxpayers will pay for this boondoggle).

We, on both sides of the border, will have to check-in at both the US border control and the Canadian one on entering and leaving instead of just the one it is now. There will now be shared databases which both will have access to. The shared database on the Canadian side will be the RCMP one, I am going to assume it will be the Homeland Security database in the U.S. but have not seen that being said as yet.

Regulations governing health and personal care products, agriculture and food, transportation and the environment are going to be 'harmonized' which, imo, means lowered to the lowest common denominator.

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"These agreements represent the most significant step forward in Canada-U.S. co-operation since the North American Free Trade Agreement," Harper said in a statement Wednesday before a press conference in Washington, D.C. with U.S. President Barack Obama to announce the new "action plan."

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Consumer health products that have already been approved in the U.S. could get faster approval in Canada, with regulatory bodies sharing information and adjusting labelling standards to make it easier to market a product in both countries.

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Officials say it's not yet clear exactly what information will be shared about Canadian and U.S. citizens when they cross the shared border. Currently, no information is shared upon entry or exit.

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Canadian and U.S. officials picked out 29 points where the two countries can bring their rules closer together, in health and personal care products, agriculture and food, transportation and the environment. That could mean more products, including therapeutic and over-the-counter treatments, available in Canada because of easier approvals.

more

http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2011/12/07/pol-canada-us-border-perimeter.html

I have linked an article from Canada's perspective and even it doesn't go into the kind of detail and analysis I think is needed given the massive changes inherent in this deal.

Fracking likely linked to groundwater pollution in U.S.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency may have linked fracking a controversial method of improving the productivity of oil and gas wells to groundwater pollution for the first time.

The EPA announced Thursday that it found compounds likely associated with fracking chemicals in the groundwater beneath a Wyoming community where residents say their well water reeks of chemicals.

The finding could have a chilling effect in both Canada and the U.S. where various levels of government are trying to determine how to regulate the controversial process. Hydraulic fracturing involves pumping pressurized water, sand and chemicals underground to open fissures and release natural gas and oil trapped in the rock formations.

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As part of the investigation, the EPA drilled two deep monitoring wells in the local aquifer and found synthetic chemicals, like glycols and alcohols consistent with gas production and hydraulic fracturing fluids. It also found benzene concentrations well above Safe Drinking Water Act standards and high methane levels in the deep wells.

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http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/story/2011/12/08/bc-fracking-groundwater-epa.html


Virginia Tech shootings leave 2 dead

Virginia Tech says a police officer and a second victim have been shot and killed on the campus, where 32 students and faculty died in a 2007 rampage that was the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

Authorities are seeking a suspect at the Blacksburg, Va., university. A campus-wide alert tells students and faculty to stay inside and lock doors.

A law enforcement official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the case, said initial reports indicated that the shooting occurred following a traffic stop.

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The suspect is described as a white male wearing grey sweat pants, grey hat with neon green brim, maroon hoodie and backpack.

more

http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/story/2011/12/08/virginia-tech-shooting.html
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